The pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2 has changed how we live our lives, and most likely will do so for years to come. While not exclusively about SARS-CoV-2, The Prepper's Guide to Surviving Pandemics, Bioterrorism, and Infectious Disease covers the subject thoroughly and also delves into the massive controversy concerning herd immunity, which vaccines are the most likely to work, the issue of second wave or resurgence caused by school re-openings and other activities, changes in public policy, and numerous other topics.
Veteran outdoors author William W. Forgey, MD is a full-time practitioner of family medicine and is also a member of the board of trustees of the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers, a fellow of the Explorers Club, and a past president of the Wilderness Medical Society. A former Boy Scout scoutmaster and Medical Explorer Post and High Adventure Post advisor, he currently serves on the National Health and Safety Committee and as an advisory board member for the Northern Tier High Adventure Base for the Boy Scouts of America. He is the author of many wilderness medicine and camping books, including Wilderness Medicine and Basic Illustrated Wilderness First Aid. He lives in Crown Point, Indiana. He is a Vietnam veteran, a former instructor at the JFK Center for Special Warfare, and was awarded a bronze star and army commendation medal.
NetGalley Review: 5 stars
Last updated on 03 Jul 2021
"This is an excellent resource for a pandemic, not just Covid 19. Lots of statistics and graphs make this subject much easier to grasp. I liked the historical references and hope we can learn from them! This has how to’s such as “make a homemade mask”. And insight into vaccines, herd immunity and so much more. Well broken down and categorized for those of us that aren’t scientists but detailed for those who want more answers! I will purchase this once it’s published.#NetGalley #ThePrepper’sGuideToSurvivingPandemics,Bioterrorism,andInfectiousDisease"
—Tammy Sutcliffe, Consumer Reviewer
NetGalley Review: 4 stars
Last updated on 29 Aug 2021
"I liked this book. It discusses many aspects of infectious diseases with an emphasis on COVID-19. In terms of being for preppers, I found the book a fairly good summary without an apocalyptic feel. Dr. Forgey offers some good explanations but I did not find them complete enough, thus I feel that a background in biology is necessary to better appreciate the book. The information on aerosols and masks is very good, but I think that fomites had too large a discussion. While I found the writing to be non-technical, I didn’t really find it conversational. This could be because there is a lot packed into a relatively short book. I am also uncertain why the Great Barrington Declaration is there, as it does not reflect any sort of epidemiological consensus, but perhaps it is used as a gateway to discussing the John Snow Memorandum. The other appendices are well worth reading, including the prophetic Event 201 Recommendations, the historic yet somewhat applicable Year 1582 Manual for Social Distancing, and the comprehensive Glossary of Epidemiological Terms that goes beyond the content of the book but that shows that epidemiology is a rigorous science. The book also has some useful tips and some great links. Thank you to Netgalley and Rowman & Littlefield for the advance reader copy."—Stephen Goldeberg, reviewer and freelance writer